• Hats, 5/2/14

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    Patients vivisected
    With the commitment to an insane asylum last week of Dr. William R. Dabney, there has come to light one of the most tragic chapters in medical history.
    The surgeon, now thought to be senseless, had undertaken to perform a minor operation upon a patient when it was realized by attendant staff that madness direct- ed the surgeon’s arms and hands. Dabney has performed as a surgeon for 15 years, specializing in matters of the eye, ear, and throat. For several years, Dabney has per- formed two to three surgical procedures daily, mostly with great success. Recently, however, a local farmer, Jacob F. Schaab, went to Dabney for help with a growth on his lip. Dabney agreed to the minor procedure, received some money, and set things in motion for the process. On the operating table, things went awry. Dabney began removing Schaab’s organs, one by one, chatting affably with himself all the while. The procedural steps followed those Dabney employed when he dissected a frog in medical school. The patient died … as had the frog. Dabney was arrested, put on trial, and found to be out of his mind. The physician has been committed to a state insane asylum for a minimum of three years, at which time the success or failure of his mental treatment will be evaluated.

    Put that book away!
    Perhaps the reading man is the worst offender of them all when it comes to ignoring his wife. Not only does he hide behind book or newspaper, he ignores everything his spouse choses to say or do. Woe be to her if she proposes getting up a good game of something or another. If these hapless ken are even allowed to speak in the presence of the confirmed bookworm, they should consider themselves lucky.
    The ‘hobby’ gardener is not quite so bad. He at least pursues his avocation without spoiling other’s fun. Hobby gardening, however, seems to be one of those things impossible to stop. It is almost impossible not to garden, once started; it grows on a man like drink. A gardening enthusiast would sacrifice his entire family for a new kind of dahlia, or watch their sufferings with the cheerfulness of a Nero at the fire so long as the peas were doing well.
    The moral? Your editor says: Sir, trade in anything on paper for a few packets of seeds. It’s spring, you know!

    Train change
    Departure for the train to Los Angeles and other points south has been changed from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Reservations eagerly made. Off-and-ons okay. Purchase your tickets early and save 5%.

    Magic trip turns empty lot into home
    The Southern California Home Builders of Los Angeles is expanding into central California. Now, you can have one of the superlative “California Bungalow” homes, or other models, constructed on your lot. Through a cooperative agreement of the Pacific Grove Review, the Southern Pacific Railroad, and Southern Pacific Home Builders, readers of this newspaper are invited to travel to Los Angeles with your family to view new homes. Three days should be planned. One day travel to Los Angeles. One day viewing homes. One day travel home again. Overnight accommodations will be arranged at a comfortable hostelry near the home builders’ headquarters on West Sixth Street in Los Angeles. All who undertake this adventure will be awarded a one-year subscription, or extension of your subscription, to the Review. Southern Pacific homes can include your choice of disappearing beds, buffet, stationary wash tubs, cooling closets, and other fine features which may be studied on the pages of a free, fifty-page book given each participating family. Pay just 10 percent down on the estimated cost. Interested? Contact Editor Brown at the Review.

    Dinner for Salvation Army a success
    The dinner last weekend, looking to raise money for the Salvation Army, has to be considered a complete success. The Pacific Grove Hotel coordinated the hoopla, and the food was fully up to the standards of earlier meals offered by that hotel. A host of Pacific Grove residents and visitors were on hand to participate in eating the good dishes, socializing, and dancing after dinner. Music was by the Nolen & Kelsey Orchestra. Several drawings were held and entertainments presented. Many beautiful memories were obtained at this affair, in addition to raising considerable money for the SA.

    Side tracks … tidbits from here and there

    • The Pacific Grove IOOF meets each Tuesday at Scooby Hall. Public welcome except for private sessions. This notice approved and posted by R. J. Arnold, N.U. 4
    • Buy land now and take ten years to pay for it. We have the finest alfalfa land in the state! Grow your own hay. For more information, contact the Kuhn Irrigated Land Company at 412 Market Street, San Francisco. 5

    And the cost is …

    • We now have more than 100 garments waiting your perusal. Ladies suits cost from $15 to $50. Ford & Sanborn Company.
    • Rexall’s cold tablets work for colds and grippe. The price is 35¢ a bottle.
    • The Hotel Manx serves as San Francisco headquarters for Grove families staying in the North. Special spring rate $1.75 nightly without private bath. Dine on site. Travel the town at your leisure.
    • Ed Hardy, optician, will put you in the “see” again. Complete examination and frames. $2.50.
    • H. P. Brown & Sons is offering men’s 2-piece and 3-piece suits at prices of $15, $18, and $20.
    Notes from the author …
    1. Vivisection is surgery on an animal that may be educational but is not a matter of improved health. The term is often used disparagingly by organizations opposed to animal experimentation, but is rarely used by practicing surgeons.
    2.  The new editor enjoyed writing with a tongue stuck in his cheek.
    3.  A “cooling closet,” an early form of air conditioning, attempts to lower the temperature of a home through heat removal by a fan.
    4.  The IOOF, which represents the International Order of Odd Fellows, is a “secret” society that undertakes various community and charitable projects. The IOOF operates as two segments: Odd Fellows for men, Rebeckas for women. Termed “odd” because of the organizations unusual propensity for charitable works.
    5. Uh oh! More of that easy credit leading up to the Great Depression.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 2, 2014

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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